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Princess Anne ends project with secret nods to Meghan Markle and Prince Charles

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Princess Anne officially closed the successful Save the Story campaign launched in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic by Save the Children, one of her most beloved patronages. At the beginning of the last video part of this initiative, Princess Anne said: “May I offer my thanks to everyone who has taken part in the Save The Stories campaign, either through providing a book, reading a story or donating to the campaign. 

“All funds raised are helping Save the Children to support families who have been hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis.

“And I thank you all for your contribution and support.

“As patron of Save the Children, I am very pleased to be reading to you the final book in the campaign Thomas and The Royal Engine, which was created by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry”.

Sitting at her home in Gloucestershire, the Princess Royal silently showed her affection for her brother Prince Charles. 

Royal fans were quick to spot a framed picture of Princess Anne and Prince Charles laughing during a royal engagement positioned on a chest of drawers behind her sofa chair.

Released as part of the celebrations for the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday, the photograph was taken in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace ahead of the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018.

Royal fan account Kate’s Rangers wrote on Instagram: “Love the photo of Charles next to you whilst reading a story that includes him!”

The Princess Royal’s video, shared by Save the Children UK on its Instagram account as part of its latest campaign, was reminiscent of another clip shared by the association showing a different royal household reading a children’s book.

In May, Save the Children shared a video showing the Duchess of Sussex reading Duck! Rabbit, a book by the AKR Foundation, to her son Archie Harrison.

The video was filmed by Prince Harry, who can at times be heard laughing behind the scenes.

In the adorable clip, her curious son helps Meghan turn pages while she reads out loud.  

As it was shared on May 6, the video also marked Archie’s first birthday.

Over the past few months, actors including Emilia Clarke, Carey Mulligan and High Grant has read a children’s story from their homes.

Princess Anne’s latest video appearance was particularly appreciated by royal fans, who showered her with praises on social media. 

Twitter user Teejay wrote: “I Red heart Princess Anne.

“She’s no BS, loves her family, understands her role and gets on with it.”

Lawrence Lean thanked the Princess Royal for choosing to read a Thomas the Tank Engine book and reminding him just how much he used to love the book series by Reverend Awdry.

He wrote: “My kids and I loved Thomas and his train buddies. 

“I kept all the wooden trains we bought and tracks, for grandkids if my sons get going!

“Ty your @RoyalFamily for the reminder today: it brought me joy.”

And Cathy highlighted how deep is the connection between Princess Anne and Save the Children.

She wrote on Twitter: “She’s associated with Save the Children forever.

“It’s about the only royal patronage that when I hear it mentioned I think of its patron”.

Princess Anne has been for several years one of the hardest working members of the Royal Family both for the number of engagements carried out and for the numbers of day worked.

The Queen’s only daughter is also patron and president of hundreds of charities and associations.     

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Royal bombshell: How Kate and William’s renovation bills dwarfed Meghan and Harry’s

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Meghan and Harry hit the headlines this week after claiming their 2018 wedding brought in a whopping £1billion to the British taxpayer. The couples’ lawyers suggested this far exceeded the cost of the £32million lavish ceremony, held in Windsor. The claim was made in the Sussexes’ court case against Associated Newspapers.

Meghan and Harry have been admonished by the public during their two-year marriage for their spending habits — criticism which only escalated when they decided to step back from the Firm in January.

The couple initially lived in one of Kensington Palace’s apartments, like Kate and William.

However, they later decided to pursue more privacy so moved into Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor.

The Sovereign Grant pays for essential maintenance work at royal residences, but the pair are estimated to have cost the taxpayer £2.4million when renovating their new home.

Hello! Magazine explained last year: “Frogmore House was converted from five separate apartments into an official residence for Prince Harry and Meghan and their newborn son Archie, with the majority of the work completed in the month before he was born.”

According to the report, the couple needed to restore the Grade-II listed building’s structure and turn it into a single home over six months before it was liveable.

Meghan and Harry paid for fixtures and fittings privately.

Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Michael Stevens explained at the time: “The property had not been the subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate.

“The Sovereign Grant covered the work undertaken to turn the building into the official residence and home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their new family.”

However, a 2014 Sovereign Grant report revealed that Kate and William spent a shocking amount of money renovating their home, too, and it was more than the Sussexes.

The report revealed renovations of their 1A apartment at Kensington Palace cost the taxpayer £4.5million over two years.

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It is now a four-storey apartment with 20 rooms, five of which are reception rooms, and three main bedrooms and staff quarters.

Hello! explained: “The work included major roof repairs and asbestos removal, while Prince William and Kate paid privately for a second family kitchen to supplement the ‘working kitchen’ that is used for official events.”

The couple are currently spending isolation in Anmer Hall, Norfolk, their second home which was a wedding gift from the Queen and is near to the monarch’s Sandringham Estate.

When Megxit was announced in January, the public were outraged that £2.4million had gone towards the couple who would no longer be on the royal frontline.

In response, the pair promised to repay the money to the taxpayers once they left the Royal Family.

The property is still thought of as their British residence despite the fact that the couple have moved to California.

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Royal heartbreak: Why Prince William and Prince Harry will find tomorrow difficult

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July 1 would have been Princess Diana’s 59th birthday, so is obviously a poignant time for her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. While the brother’s currently live far apart and are unlikely to be together during the coronavirus crisis, the brothers will be remembering their mother with their own families.

Last year her eldest son Prince William stepped out of his home at Kensington Palace and thanked well-wishers for their support and commemoration, however due to coronavirus this is unlikely to happen this year.

Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, and event that shook the world, as one of the most-loved members of the Royal family ever.

Known as the People’s Princess, she was known for her humanitarian work and outspoken nature which so many loved.

News of her sudden, senseless death shocked the world.

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Queen Elizabeth II, who was criticised for not immediately responding publicly to Diana’s death, made a televised address from Buckingham Palace on September 5, in which she said: “No one who knew Diana will ever forget her.

“Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her.

“I, for one, believe there are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death.

“I share in your determination to cherish her memory.”

Prince William was only 15 years old when she died, and Prince Harry was only 12 years old.

Her son’s have taken on her charitable streak, having worked for years on their own projects and being patrons and ambassadors for a variety of different causes.

Prince William has frequently and openly spoken about his struggles with mental health, especially in the wake of his mother’s untimely death, and runs his own mental health charity called Heads Up.

He began to struggle after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, describing his loss in a recent documentary as a “pain like no other”.

He also revealed that becoming a father reawakened feelings and traumas he experienced when he suddenly lost his mother.

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He said: “Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is.

Prince Harry has previously said the death of his mother has been “a wound that festers,” and how his life in the media spotlight reminds him “of the bad stuff.”

Speaking ahead of the bombshell ITV documentary of his and his wife Meghan Markle’s South Africa trip in 2019, he said: “I think probably a wound that festers.

“I think being part of this family, in this role, in this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back, so in that respect it’s the worst reminder of her life, as opposed to the best.”

During the documentary he traced his mothers footsteps, walking through a minefield and replicating the famous picture taken of his mother some 20 years earlier.

“Being here now, 22 years later, trying to finish what she started, will be incredibly emotional, but everything that I do reminds me of her,” the duke said in the documentary.

“But as I said, with the role, with the job, and the sort of pressures that come with that, I get reminded of the bad stuff, unfortunately.”

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‘Harry just held her’ Prince Harry’s loving gesture towards heartbroken woman in tears

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The pair visited Homebody industries – a non-profit organisation which employs former gang members and other groups attempting to rebuild their lives. Speaking to US Weekly, Father Greg Boyle was delighted with the royal couple’s visit and explained how the pair lent a helping hand. “They helped bake bread and they helped package all these meals that go to seniors and to foster care youth and folks who are having a difficult time during the pandemic.”

Father Boyle revealed his ‘stimulating conversation’ with Meghan before the visit two weeks before.

He recalled: “She’s quite a deep thinker on these issues, so it was really a stimulating conversation, and then it was followed up with, ‘Hey, we want to come by.”

“I think now that they’re in Los Angeles, they’re the real deal, these two,”

“They really kind of want to make an impact so I give them a lot of credit because their hearts and their minds are, I think, in the right place.”

Father Boyle revealed his ‘stimulating conversation’ with Meghan before the visit two weeks before.

He recalled: “She’s quite a deep thinker on these issues, so it was really a stimulating conversation, and then it was followed up with, ‘Hey, we want to come by.”

“I think now that they’re in Los Angeles, they’re the real deal, these two.’

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“They really kind of want to make an impact so I give them a lot of credit because their hearts and their minds are, I think, in the right place.”

One of the most touching moments of the visit came after Harry comforted a woman who had just lost the father of her son.

During the conversation, the woman broke into tears and Harry rushed to comfort her.

Speaking of the incident, Father Boyle praised Harry for his initial response.

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He said: “Harry was immediate.

“He just threw her arms around her and held her for a long time.

“It was very, very touching.”

He added: “His funeral is next week, so she just starts to cry and forget social distancing.

“Harry just held her.

“It was very sweet, very sweet.

“But it was kind of raw for her.”

The pair asked father Boyle if they could “pitch in.”

He revealed they “didn’t just want to do the tour or the round table discussion, they wanted to pitch in.”

Meghan and Harry’s visit to Homebody Industries is the most recent charity visit during the pandemic.

The royal couple has also made a continued effort to support charities they left behind in the UK.

A source told Us in April, Harry and Meghan’s immediate focus is to help those during the pandemic.

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Prince William admits secret parenting hack to help save Prince George from heartbreak

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Kids behaving badly is old news – and especially during the coronavirus lockdown, parents have found the combination of working, homeschooling and a lack of access to childcare particuarly difficult to balanace. Prince William and Kate Middleton use a unique parenting technique to discipline their three children, replacing a classic technique used by parents across the world.

As an ambassador for several mental health charities, the Prince has replaced the traditional ‘naughty step’ with a ‘chat sofa’, believing it can help give his three children a happy childhood whilst teaching them to behave well.

A source told The Sun that the parents ditched the traditional technique in favour of a more modern approach that promotes talking about your problems.

They said the misbehaving child is asked to sit on the sofa where William or Kate will have a quiet chat with them, helping the children open up and discuss the issues with their parents directly.

They said: “Things are explained and consequences outlined and they never shout at them.

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“Shouting is absolutely ‘off limits’ for the children and any hint of shouting at each other is dealt with by removal.”

They said: “It is a military operation but you would never guess it because they work ferociously hard on their children’s upbringing and making it seem relaxed and happy for the three of them.

“They are very good at listening to the children but being firm.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent lockdown at their Anmer Hall country residence in Norfolk, where they have been homeschooling Prince’s George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

Princess Charlotte is the only of the trio who is eligible to return to school, but her parents have opted to keep the unit together in the countryside.

Five-year-old Charlotte attends private school Thomas’s Battersea alongside her brother Prince George.

Prince William has frequently and openly spoken about his struggles with mental health and runs his own mental health charity called Heads Up.

He recently led a documentary on the BBC called Football, Prince William and our Mental Health.

He began to struggle after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, describing his loss in the documentary as a “pain like no other”.

He also revealed that becoming a father reawakened feelings and traumas he experienced when he suddenly lost his mother.

He said: “Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is.

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“I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life – your emotions come back in leaps and bounds because it’s a very different phase of life.

“And there’s no one there to, kind of, help you, and I definitely found it very, at times, overwhelming.”

He and his brother Prince Harry have both played an important role through their charitable work in promoting the importance of good mental health and trying to remove the stigma surrounding it.

The Prince also revealed earlier this month that he has been secretly working as a volunteer supporting people contacting a crisis helpline for mental health support, he has revealed.

Unbeknown to those who have accessed the Shout 85258 text-messaging service, Prince William is one of its 2,000 trained volunteers.

Kensington Palace was previously reluctant to say whether the royal was a volunteer for fear that Shout might be overloaded by people hoping to discuss their troubles with the future king.

The Duchess of Cambridge has also been hands-on with her volunteering efforts, taking part in “check in and chat” calls with those self-isolating or vulnerable as part of the Royal Voluntary Service’s NHS volunteer responders scheme.

Speaking to the BBC via video call, the couple opened up about what their family has been getting up to since lockdown was introduced.

Kate said: “Children have got such stamina. I don’t know how, honestly.

“You get to the end of the day and you write a list of all the things you’ve done in that day.”

“You’ve pitched a tent, take the tent down again, cook, bake, you get to the end of the day and they’ve had a lovely time.

“It’s amazing how much you can cram into one day, that’s for sure.”

The Duchess also admitted she had spoken to her young children about coronavirus, trying to explain it to them in a way that children can understand and not be scared by.

She said: “You don’t want to scare them and make it too over-whelming.

“I think it is appropriate to acknowledge it in the simple ways and in the age appropriate ways.”

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Meghan Markle heartbreak: How fans supported shock theory about baby Archie’s birth

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Meghan and Harry introduced Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to the public a few days after his birth, during a press conference at Windsor Castle in May 2019. The couple appeared besotted with their son and took the opportunity to introduce him to Prince Philip and the Queen, too. However, due to the couples’ determination to raise their child as a “private citizen”, many royal fans have speculated that they may have not been completely honest about their son’s birth.

In an article from May last year, US outlet The List explained: “Within a few days of Archie’s birth, a strange new rumour began spreading.”

Many sceptics allegedly thought Meghan and Harry were lying about Archie’s real age, based on the Duke of Sussex’s description of his son.

During the Windsor Castle press conference three days after Archie’s birth, Harry told the media: “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks, so we’re sort of monitoring how this changing process happens over this next month really.”

However, some figures online challenged Harry and claimed he had actually said: “Everyone says that the baby has changed so much over two weeks.”

Lady Colin Campbell is expected to refer to this in her revelatory new book, ‘Meghan and Harry: The Real Story’ which was released last week.

Royal fans commented on Twitter, who said they have already read Lady Colin’s book, backed up this theory.

One claimed: “As Archie was introduced to the press as being two-days old, Harry says Archie changed so much over the past two weeks.

She added: “Note the change in MM’s [sic] expression following the gaffe.”

This tweet, with 211 likes and 24 retweets, was published yesterday and noted how Meghan fiddles a lot while Harry is talking.

Indeed, Entertainment Tonight reported in January 2019 that Meghan herself told an anonymous woman she was expecting to go into labour between late April and early May.

The List pointed out: “If Meghan did give birth in late April, it’s also reasonable to believe that we might not have known.

“After all, Buckingham Palace revealed that Meghan and Harry would be keeping the ‘plans around the arrival of their baby private’ and would share the news ‘once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a family’.”

The Palace then released a statement on May 6 claiming Meghan had gone into labour when later information revealed she had already delivered Archie by the time of the announcement.

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The List also pointed out that April 26, 2019, an ambulance and a helicopter were seen near Meghan and Harry’s home.

It added: “Prior to the official birth announcement — but after the ambulance hullabaloo — Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to Harry and Meghan’s home.”

Royal tradition dictates that the reigning monarch must always be the first person to know of a royal birth.

Prince William and Kate Middleton also visited Frogmore Cottage before the announcement, although the reason for their trip was never clarified.

Others asked why Harry had been determined not to show Archie’s face too closely during the press conference.

Some fan accounts pointed out that, despite having a booming Instagram account at the time of Archie’s birth, the couple refused to upload photographs of him when he was an infant.

One royal fan account asked: “Where are the photos of Archie??

“He’s gotta [sic] be 3 months old — and we’ve seen [Duchess of Cambridge’s] children at such a young age — even Louis was photographed at 13 days!”

However, Archie’s official birth certificate states that he was born at Portland Hospital in London, England, on May 6.

The couple also celebrated Archie’s first birthday this year with a sweet Instagram post showing Meghan reading a book with her excited young son.

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Diana’s shocking final exchange with her mother exposed as ‘a hate-filled personal attack’

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Diana’s relationship with Frances had been tense throughout most of her childhood, as her parents went through a tumultuous divorce when she was only seven. Diana ended up living with her father Earl John Spencer, but came to resent her stepmother, Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, over the years. While she managed to patch up her relationship with Raine following her split from Prince Charles, the Princess of Wales did not have the same opportunity with her mother before she died, in 1997.

Apparently the Princess of Wales asked her former butler and friend Paul Burrell to listen to two different phone calls she had with her mother shortly before her death.

In 2018, The Mirror recalled Mr Burrell’s description of Diana and Frances’ torrid exchange from a past interview.

He told the outlet: “I heard her call, ‘Paul, come quick’.

“She was hanging over the bannister shouting down.

“She waved me over with her hand. I joined her on the floor cross-legged and stuck close beside her.

“I leant my ear as near to the phone as possible and listened to the conversation — albeit one way.

“It was the slurring voice of Mrs Frances Shand Kydd.

“What I heard was a torrent of abuse, swearing and upsetting innuendo towards the Princess and towards the male company she was keeping.

“It was a hate-filled personal attack on the men and their religious beliefs.”

The discussion ended when Diana abruptly hung up on her mother.

Mr Burrell discovered her sitting on the lounge floor crying later, and claimed she promised never to speak to her mother again after that.

Mr Burrell continued: “How prophetic and sad those words were — because she didn’t.

“It is something her mother will have to live with for the rest of her life.”

Frances died in 2004.

Mr Burrell was asked at Diana’s inquest to recall those phone conversations, but he was hesitant at first.

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He replied: “Respectfully, that’s not very kind to a lady who’s no longer here.”

However, when pressed by the coroner to reveal the “relevant” conversation, he admitted that Frances had called her daughter “a whore”.

Mr Burrell continued: “She said that she was messing around with ‘effing Muslin men’ and she was disgraceful and said some very nasty thing.”

He said the conversation took place in June 1997 — just two months before Diana’s tragic death in Paris.

Following her split from Charles, Diana had dated Pakistani heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan, who she was reported to be “deeply in love with”.

However, he was afraid to pursue a long-term relationship with the most photographed woman in the world, knowing that her fame would weigh heavily on their romance.

She broke it off during the last summer of her life and started dating film producer Dodi Al Fayed.

She was with Mr Fayed when their car crashed in Paris, tragically killing them both.

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Prince William heartbreak: Duke’s emotional confession over ‘anxiety’ exposed

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The Duke of Cambridge was pivotal in raising awareness of mental health conditions last year after he launched the Heads Up scheme to get people in football talking about the subject. He has long been an advocate of mental health awareness and this year he is set to continue his support after he announced earlier this month the FA Cup final will be renamed after his campaign. The Duke of Cambridge is hugely significant within the game after becoming the Football Association’s president.

But it wasn’t the first time William used his influence to ensure the subject was discussed by fans as last year he narrated a video that was played at FA Cup games, urging viewers to look after their mental health.

The video coincided with a delayed kick-off of all matches in the competition by one minute, which prompted fans to take a moment to consider their well-being.

It was a collaboration between Public Health England’s (PHE) Every Mind Matters and the Football Association and Heads Together’s Heads Up campaign and featured national team stars Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford.

And while speaking on the film, William revealed: “In life, as in football, we all go through highs and lows.

“We can all sometimes feel anxious or stressed. At moments even the little things can seem a struggle. But we can all start to change things.

“Every Mind Matters and Heads Up will show you the simple steps you can take to look after your mental health – helping to boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel ready for life’s ups and downs.”

Other stars who also joined the campaign in 2019 included Tottenham Hotspurs’ players Dele Alli and Son Heung-min.

The Heads Together initiative began in 2016 as part of a royal collaboration project between William and Kate, and Harry and Meghan Markle.

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More recently, Prince William opened up again about mental health by talking to a number of Arsenal footballers about the subject after announcing the cup’s new name.

The final is currently scheduled to take place on August 1, and will be called the Heads Up FA Cup.

During his chat with the Arsenal players, which included the club’s head coach Mikel Arteta, Hector Bellerin, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and academy manager Per Mertesacker, William talked about the fears he had surrounding people’s mental health as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking ahead of football’s return earlier this month, he said: “I’m really pleased that you guys are all coming back to football soon.

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“And, as you can see behind me, I’ve got the FA Cup, it’s going to be named the Heads Up FA Cup – which is great news.

“So we’re going to really use the final as a moment to promote good, positive mental health for everyone.”

The FA Cup returns this weekend at the quarter-final stage, with teams such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all vying for a position in the final.

Previous favourites and newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool were knocked out by Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in the previous round.

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Princess Beatrice heartbreak: Shocking reason Bea can’t take over from Prince Andrew

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Princess Beatrice, 31, is the eldest of Prince Andrew, 60, and Sarah Ferguson’s two daughters and while she is a beloved member of the Royal Family she is not a working royal. Prince Andrew was made the Duke of York on his wedding day to Sarah Ferguson, a peerage he will hold onto for life.

Prince Andrew withdrew from public life last year in the wake of a controversial interview about his friendship with dead sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York is unlikely to return to royal duties for the foreseeable future but he will hold onto his peerage nonetheless.

The special title Prince Andrew received on his wedding day will not pass on to either of his daughters.

That’s because the law of male primogeniture means hereditary titles can only be passed down between men in the UK.

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As Prince Andrew has only daughters and no sons it is possible the dukedom of York may fall out of use on his death or there is a slim chance it could be inherited by one of his male royal relatives.

The Letters Patent for the 1986 creation of the Dukedom of York say the title will be inherited by “heirs male of the body.”

One Quora user suggested Prince Louis could be a likely candidate to be the next Duke of York as Prince William’s youngest son.

They wrote: “The Dukedom of York will be inherited by the oldest legitimate son of the current duke.”

“Of course, the current duke has no sons, so unless that situation changes, the title will go extinct and will be available for the monarch at the time to recreate and confer on whoever they want.

They added: “Of course, the title is usually given to the second son of the monarch, so we would need to know who the monarch will be at the time.

“Given that Prince Andrew is twelve years younger than Prince Charles, it seems likely that when Prince Andrew dies and the dukedom becomes available, Prince Charles will have already died and Prince William will be the king.”

As long as male primogeniture exists in Britain Princess Beatrice will not be the next Duchess of York.

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However, an active campaign to bring an end to this ‘state-sanctioned gender discrimination’ could change Bea’s luck.

Daughter’s Rights founder Campaigner Charlotte Carew Pole is behind a campaign to end male primogeniture in Britain.

There is currently a case in the European Court of Human Rights challenging the Government because only sons can inherit titles.

Ms Carew Pole told Express.co.uk: “It’s hard to see how the Government can continue to object, it’s keeping enough pressure on them to see that it’s a matter that won’t go away.”

She added: “More than anything if we could bring this to an end it sends a very simple but powerful message that nowhere is it OK to treat girls differently, with less importance, than sons.”

Ms Carew Pole believes ‘prejudice against girls’ should be eliminated from every sector of society.

She said: “It doesn’t matter where you are in society, whether you’re a princess is beside the point, prejudice against girls in favour of boys shouldn’t be allowed.

“It is hugely symbolic legislation but Parliament must do as it says and end the last state-sanctioned gender discrimination.”

In the current system, the Queen granddaughters including Lady Louise Windsor, Princess Charlotte and Princess Beatrice are likely to lose out.

The Queen is the longest-reigning monarch in British history and a fine example of female leadership but her female descendants are still at the mercy of a system that favours men over women.

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Prince Edward title: The ‘unusual’ way Prince Louis could follow in Edward’s footsteps

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Prince Louis, two, is Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s youngest child and is currently fifth in line to the British throne. While Louis is highly unlikely to ever wear the crown he could inherit a new royal title in the same way his great uncle Prince Edward is expected to.

Prince Edward, 56, became the Earl of Wessex when he married his wife Sophie in 1999.

While the Queen usually gifts dukedoms to her sons and grandsons on their wedding days it is understood Edward opted to become a Duke because of his fondness for the name Wessex.

A source previously claimed Edward’s admiration for the Wessex character in Shakespeare in love was behind his decision to forgo a dukedom.

Speaking to the Telegraph in 2010, the insider said: “He liked the sound of it and asked the Queen if he could have that instead.”

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While Edward has a lower-ranking peerage than his older brothers for now, it is understood he will inherit his father Prince Philip’s dukedom on his death.

This would make Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex the future Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

According to a royal expert, this same exception could be applied to Prince Louis one day.

While Prince William and Kate’s eldest son Prince George will inherit a whole host of new titles when his father is king, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are likely to miss out.

However, there is a small chance Prince William make choose to pass his Duke of Cambridge title onto his youngest son.

Although the dukedom of Cambridge will automatically merge with the crown when William is king, it will be within his power to redistribute the peerage as he pleases.

Royal expert Iain MacMarthanne explained: “As has previously been the case, when the dukedom of Cambridge is merged with the crown, it will be free to be used as and when decided by the monarch.

“It would be unusual for it to be given to Prince Louis in time.”

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He added: “The passing of a title to a younger son, as is being contemplated with the dukedom of Edinburgh is to keep that title alive, which otherwise would itself eventually become merged with the crown with Charles becoming king.”

As heir apparent, Prince George will become the Duke of Cornwall and the duke of Rothesay when William is king.

There is a chance George could become a duke sooner if he marries before William becomes king.

Mr MacMarthanne added: “When William becomes King, the dukedom of Cambridge will merge with the crown.

“Upon William becoming king, George will cease being known as Prince George of Cambridge, and will be styled as The Prince George, and will automatically become duke of Cornwall and Rothesay.

“In the event he marries before William becomes king, and if present custom prevails, then he will be created a duke on the morning of his wedding.”

Unfortunately, Princess Charlotte is expected to miss out due to the system of male primogeniture that still exists in Britain.

This means hereditary peerages can only pass down between men and daughters are excluded.

Ahead of Prince George’s birth the law of succession was changed to ensure any daughters Prince William and Kate might have won’t be bumped down the line of succession by their young brothers.

This happened to Prince Anne, 69, who upon her birth was third in line to the throne but was later leapfrogged by Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Charlotte, however, kept her spot as fourth-in-line after Prince Louis was born.

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